Booneville’s Parkview Baptist Church recently called Reverand Richard White of Greenwood as interim pastor. He began his duties in May. The church had been without a pastor for more than a year since the retirement of former pastor Bob Richardson.

White, 60, grew up in Wynne, and surrendered to the gospel ministry in 1975, serving several churches over the years as a bi-vocational pastor, including Southside Baptist in Booneville from 2001-2016. Brother White began preaching at Parkview in February before accepting the church’s call in late April.

He’s been married to wife Jeanette for 41 years, and they have two grown sons and two grandchildren. The couple has lived in Greenwood since 1993.

White is a retired school teacher and currently self-employed as a newspaper carrier and a sports writer in Greenwood. His work is published in the Greenwood Tradition newspaper and the Greenwood Dog Pound sports website.

White also has a long history of employment in the newspaper industry, and an extensive background in sales and the health care industry working with Medicare recipients.

“It’s my privilege to serve the people of Parkview as their pastor,” said White. “I first made their acquaintance over 17 years ago and have enjoyed several visits with them over the years. I look forward to getting to know them better and working with them to further the cause of the gospel in our community.”

To that end, Parkview will host a Vacation Bible School in July for children and youth. The dates will be July 16-18 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., nightly. The church is located at 6 North Welch Street.

“We encourage area parents to register their children and young teens for our VBS in July,” said White. “We’ll be promoting our program over the next several weeks and we hope for a big response. It’s important that children and young people get a proper spiritual education in today’s turbulent and confusing culture.

“We want to introduce them to God’s word and the core values of the Christian faith. We’ll also feed them and provide for their recreation each evening as well.”